A Cable Locator (CAT) is used to detect buried services prior to carrying out any excavation work.
For enhanced performance, we recommend using a Signal Generator (Genny) and Signal Clamp.
Cable Locators typically come as either the standard or depth model for indicating the depth of buried pipes and cables detected such as the C-Scope CAT33XD or Radiodetection CAT4+
The below guide is based on the C-Scope CAT33.
How Does the CAT Work?
The CAT has 3 modes- Generator, Power and Radio.
Generator Mode is for working with a Genny to trace the Genny's signal.
Power Mode detects buried cables using the flow of electricity along a loaded cable.
Radio Mode detects radio signals commonly found on metal pipes and cables such as gas, water and phone lines.
What Does the Genny do?
A Genny applies a signal to a cable or metal pipe so that harder to reach services can be traced.
Use the Genny with the CAT in generator mode.
What does the Signal Clamp do?
The clamp is a safe and easy way to connect your Genny to a pipe or cable for accurate tracing. It may be useful to have a clamp when it is difficult or unsafe to use the direct cable such as telecom or live power cables.
How do I Take a Reading?
1. Select the required mode
2. Set sensitivity to maximum
3. Hold on/off trigger in on position
4. Search in grid pattern show
5. When a signal is detected, move CAT forward and back and turn sensitivity down until only peak response is heard and seen
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